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The Value of California’s Public Libraries

The Value of California’s Public Libraries Natalie Cole & Cheryl Stenström  Received 07 May 2020, Accepted 21 Aug 2020, Published online: 14 Sep 2020 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01616846.2020.1816054 Download citation https://doi.org/10.1080/01616846.2020.1816054 In this article ABSTRACT Introduction Preliminary framework Method Findings Individuals, families, groups, communities, and society Learning and knowledge development Health and wellbeing Community development Economic development Public library value is delivered through unique means Public libraries are aligned with community values Library supporters must continue to promote library value Further goals Conclusion Additional information Footnotes References  Full Article  Figures & data  References  Citations  Metrics  Reprints & Permissions  PDF ABSTRACT “The purpose of this paper is to show how Californian libraries deliver value, by taking a preliminary value framework previously developed from a study of academic literature, and applying it to the public library landscape in California. A “bricolage” approach was used to develop an evidence-based framework of value and subsequently to gather data about Californians’ use of and attitudes about public libraries. The framework was developed through an extended literature review and applied across data gathered through a survey of residents, interviews with library stakeholders, a review of statistics on library usage, and a review of the outcomes of grant-funded programs in California public libraries. The most significant outcome of our project is a unique value proposition for California’s public libraries. These libraries deliver value for individuals, families, groups, communities, and society as a whole. They provide opportunities and support for learning and knowledge development, health and wellbeing, community development, and economic development. Value is delivered through a unique combination of resources, people, and space. California’s public libraries are largely offering services...

Pollinator paradise: Library’s butterfly garden takes aim at ecosystem

Interesting outdoor program to start now to plant for spring blooms. Pollinator paradise: Library’s butterfly garden takes aim at ecosystem. https://www.newsandtribune.com/indiana/news/pollinator-paradise-librarys-butterfly-garden-takes-aim-at-ecosystem/article_a4f9d3de-d2cd-50d3-b8bb-374731049e55.html?fbclid=IwAR0QcgfC-gdEsTX7HBhpPSyiY0ywe_z8gOLXzrR9ewM9HMm9BYcVgZdOgMA  ...

First Nations Public Library Week runs from Oct. 4-10

First Nations Public Library Week runs from Oct. 4-10 and recognizes the vital role of public libraries in indigenous communities. This year’s theme is Celebrating Diversity, with a number of online events scheduled, including an author reading, a panel discussion on indigenous literature, and the importance of indigenous storytelling. Nipissing First Nation artist Juliana Armstrong’s painting titled Raising Readers was used for this year’s poster, and illustrates how libraries inform and enlighten new generations. Currently there are 46 public libraries in First Nations communities in Ontario, providing books and other content that help to raise awareness about indigenous culture both past and present. Join NPL in congratulating First Nations Public Libraries on their success and achievements. You can check out this year’s online events...

Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan

NEWS RELEASE Ontario Delivers $2.8 Billion COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan New Investments Prepare Province for Second Wave of COVID-19 September 30, 2020 Office of the Premier Table of Contents Content Quick Facts Additional Resources Related Topics TORONTO ― The Ontario government has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan to ensure the province’s health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will enable the province to quickly identify, prevent and respond to surges and waves of the virus to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians.   The full plan was delivered today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “For months, our government has been developing one of the most robust and comprehensive COVID-19 fall preparedness plans in the entire country,” said Premier Ford. “We are making an unprecedented investment of over $2 billion to fortify the frontlines of our health care system and ensure we are prepared for future waves of this virus, while ensuring patients and long-term care residents continue to receive the absolute best care from our top-notch health care professionals and their loved ones.” “Over the past week, we have unveiled key pillars of our fall preparedness plan which sets out specific investments and actions to protect the health and well-being of Ontarians,” said Minister Elliott. “As the number of cases continue to increase, we cannot afford to let our guard down....